wireless charging

New Qualcomm tech now allows wireless charging on metal phones

For the short time that wireless charging standards and technology have been with us, there have been a number of breakthroughs to keep the technology moving forward. Sadly, wireless charging is still not at that point where it is a standard for almost everyone. So maybe this new technology from Qualcomm will help move it towards that goal – the company now has a solution for allowing wireless charging even on metal-clad phones.

What the OnePlus 2 DOESN’T have, and why that matters

Ok, so the cat’s out of the bag, so to speak. The OnePlus 2 – made by the same guys who made the OnePlus One (haha) – is out in the open, the pricing is out in the open as well, and we had a short time to go hands on with it. It is by far, the most ridiculous piece of smartphone hardware you can get for a price range that starts at around USD$329. But that for that price, you will have to let go of some creature comforts – like NFC, a fast charging feature, and a wireless charging feature. Is that going to be ok for you?

Power mobile devices in Samsung’s 1st wireless charging monitor

We’ve all been there, having a jungle of wires and chargers on our desk since we have a myriad of mobile devices charging, sometimes more than two at the same time. And while wireless charging is still a fairly new thing in the consumer market, we can predict that as more devices and OEMs start adapting it, it will become common sooner or later. Samsung has now announced the first ever wireless mobile charging monitor to help you manage your desk’s criss-crossed wires.

Dubai Emirates lounges now offering Qi charging stations

"Battery anxiety" is a real affliction that most people have nowadays, and while OEMs still haven't found the solution, we have to resort to battery packs and constant charging of our devices as often as we can. This is particularly for those people who travel often and rely on their mobile gadgets to stay in touch with work or to run businesses remotely. The First Class and Business Class lounges at Emirates in Dubai is probably a charing hub for their customers, and now Qi wireless charging stations will be placed there.

Wireless Power Consortium improves Qi wireless standard specification

Wireless charging technology may be slowly moving but it's certainly advancing. A number of phones are now wireless charging capable and compatible with either Powermat/PMA or Qi or both. We've seen some developments already but the technology has yet to be a standard feature in mobile devices. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has been working to advance wireless power technology and just recently, the group has announced the new Qi specification.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Active is dual-mode wireless charging capable

While waiting for the merger of two wireless power groups to finally push the wireless charging technology as a standard, let's be content with those few smartphone models that support wireless charging. One of the most popular smartphones today that boast of such technology is the Galaxy S6 along with its sibling, S6 edge. There's even the Captain America's Shield-themed charging pad that's something fans will love.

Samsung Belgium turns chargers into chairs, hammocks in park

What do you with wired chargers when you don't need them anymore? Most of us would just think of throwing them away or giving them to people whose devices are still dependent on that. But Samsung Belgium decided to make something that would not just be of "public service" but also would get people wondering about their new flagship devices, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. So they partnered with a local "creative recycling agency" in order to create usable art displays.

Merger of two wireless power standards bodies confirmed, finally underway

Last January, the two industry leaders in wireless charging, the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA), announced that they have signed a deal that will merge the two organizations to create a united front that will push the technology in the mobile market. It's been months since we've heard anything about them, but now it can be told that the deal has been finalized and the merger is finally, truly underway.

Ikea’s wireless charging furniture finally selling in their stores

A month after Ikea finally released more details about their line of wireless charging furniture, it seems like you won't just have to look at pictures anymore. Droid Life reports that the lamps, desks, charging pads, and other accessories can now be found in Ikea stores in the US. This means you can finally update your house (if you've been saving up for this) so you and everyone who lives there don't have to scramble for charging space for your respective devices.

Mercedes, Qualcomm collaborating on wireless charging for cars, devices

Qualcomm has been facing some pretty stiff competition when it comes to the smartphone chipset market, with big brands like Apple and Samsung opting to develop and use their own instead of using Snapdragon. But now they are looking to branch out in a whole new other market, creating a new division called Qualcomm Automotive Solutions which focuses on creating products for "the connected car". A new partnership with Mercedes-Benz looks at wirelessly charging both your devices and your e-car as well.
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